AdornIt Shop Sample



We have a new quilt shop in the works in my home town of Silsbee, Texas! It’s called the Vintage Owl and it is going in one of our historic buildings downtown. I met the owner and told her I’d love to help keep her in business! I made this sample for her from a kit she’d gotten from AdornIt, and I just love it! I had just begun getting a bit more serious about my accuracy, so the half-square triangle border was quite a challenge! I really like the layout: the center part is just a plain piece that works as a canvas for the “pictures” of the owls. You could use anything  the same way.

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Mike’s Christmas Quilt


In my first quilting life I made 2 quilts inspired by an Amish design I saw in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. I gave the larger blue one to our son when he moved out and it stayed with him for 10 years, getting well and truly used! (Which I think is a good thing) So I decided it was time for a new one and Christmas 2014 would be a perfect time. I looked for manly designs and found this one on Pinterest- it was for sale as a kit, and it inspired me. image

I decided to use all blacks, whites, and grays. I pulled fabric from the Grandmother stash, some from a stash that some ladies at church had contributed, and from Mama G. Then I saw the Texas fabric, which was bordered and highlighted in black, and realized that the pops of color would be perfect!

I cut 1 1/2″, 2″, and 3″ x WOF strips from all these fabrics and strip pieced them in 15″ blocks. Then I cut them 6 1/2″ wide, and sewed them together till they were (I think) about 80″. (He’s 6’3″.)

I had to buy the black for sashing- that was kind of funny; I went to Hall to Wall with some strips and told Jim what I needed. He brought out his first choice and I liked it, but of course had to try out all the others. After pulling no telling how many bolts, I went with the first one he’d shown me!

I quilted in the ditch all the way down along both sides of the sashing and about every 6 inches of strips. It was quilted but not bound when he came home for our family Christmas, so he had to wait till the next visit to get it!

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Moda Winterlude Table Runners

When I was quilting the first time around there was no internet, no Craftsy, no YouTube, no Pinterest… Only Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. (And paper templates and scissors!) I don’t even know if there were fabric designers who made fabric specially for quilting. But times have changed and now they tempt you for months before a fabric line is released, like the next season of Downton Abbey or something, putting out teasers on Pinterest and on quilting blogs.

I began coveting Moda Winterlude before it was released. Then the Missouri Star Quilt Company featured a charm pack as the Daily Deal, so I ordered 2! A pattern was released with it, but I decided it was too labor intensive, so I went with my old pal half square triangles. I divided the squares into reds, greens, and creams and experimented with different arrangements, finally deciding on the concentric diamonds. I got yardage for the borders and back at Gone Quiltin‘ in Bandera, Texas in August 2014 while doing the Row by Row run. I love the way it turned out!



I had had the blue pieces left so I decided to make a simple square with those. This was my first real project that I quilted free motion. I used a holly leaf motif. There were several “eyelashes” where I went too fast around the curves– the machine beeped at me a lot! (Now, several moNyah’s later, controlling the speed is much easier.)



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Fourth of July Table Runner/ Mantel Cloth


One of the quilt shops we visited while on our Arkansas vacation in July 2013 was Sager Creek Quilts in Siloam Springs. It was just beautiful! I got these reds, whites, and blues, thinking I would finish this runner to replace the fall-ish cloth that had been on my mantel forever. It was something like July 2 lol but I don’t really have a good “inner calendar” and hadn’t realized that might not happen. My son and I had a good laugh and said I’d better get started cutting it out with fingernail scissors in the car!

Anyway– I found this star pattern on Pinterest and I made it with all half square triangles. I used a flannel sheet for batting and a cotton tablecloth for the back, both of which I’d gotten at an estate sale. Quilting is in the ditch. It stayed up on my mantel for well over a year… But patriotic is always in style!

Randy’s Arkansas Trip Quilt– “Coming Home”

Shortly after I became obsessed with   really interested in quilting, we vacationed in Arkansas in the summer of 2013 and visited a couple of quilt stores. On the way home, Mr. X said he’d like me to make one for him, so I began asking questions to figure out what kind. We narrowed it down to a traditional Nine-patch design with sashing and a double border; not full-sized, but one for the couch; and very manly. I googled “quilt shops” in towns we’d pass through and found The Whistling Chicken in Carthage, Tx. We spent some time perusing fabrics and he chose these great fabrics- some Civil War reproduction, some that just coordinated nicely. He loves telling people that it’s HIS quilt and HE chose the fabrics! I started this one soon after we got home and it came together very quickly. This was my first one to quilt with top stitching 1/4″ from the seams, instead of in the ditch.

I entered it into our fair in April. I enjoyed seeing it hang and hearing people say they saw my work!

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